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Competition within the Irish grocery trade is set to become even more intense following the disclosure by German discounter Lidl that it really is searching for websites for greater than 60 extra stores on each sides in the Border.

The planned expansion is thought to become the largest by any in the main grocery multiples and coincides with signs of a continuing recovery in consumer spending in the Republic.

Lidl is already one of the largest retailers in Ireland with 143 shops and a further 38 in Northern Ireland. The other German discount chain Aldi has 115 retailers in the Republic but will not trade in Northern Ireland.

Lidl has appointed CBRE’s Dublin and Belfast offices to locate key sites in cities and towns to facilitate the expansion. Right after opening its first store here in 2000, it expanded rapidly and "experienced unparalleled development all through their lifetime in Ireland," according to the business.

As part of the continued expansion strategy it says it really is "looking to open extra 60-plus stores on high profile web sites with excellent visibility and accessibility."
Freehold properties
The best site will probably be two acres in size though smaller sized plots of about 1 acre will likely be deemed in high density urban areas. There is also a preference for freehold properties to accommodate shops ranging in size from 1,800 sq m to two,400 sq m (19, 375 sq ft/25,833 sq ft).

Florence Stanley, head of retail at CBRE Dublin, mentioned that in addition to mounting a countrywide look for suitable websites, they will be contacting local estate agents to discover the very best business places.

"It might take a whilst to fulfil our commitment but if we manage to line up 60 sites within three years our client would almost certainly be satisfied."

Although the majority of the current Lidl properties have substantial parking facilities, the organization has also been able to avail of smaller sized, well-located websites by placing the shops on stilts and utilizing the space underneath the building for parking.

1 such store is positioned around the 1.14-acre former Sunday Planet web site in Terenure which not too long ago opened for enterprise.

That web site was bought by a residential improvement organization during the property boom for €18.3 million and was acquired right after the crash by Lidl for greater than €4 million.
Not excellent news
Tara Buckley, director basic from the Retail Grocery Dairy and Allied Trades Association, stated 60 discount supermarkets was not great news for Irish towns and villages.

A report by economist Jim Power had shown that a euro spent within a locally owned shop was worth 3 occasions more than 1 spent inside a British or German chain. At the finish in the day their earnings go back to Germany or the UK.

Lidl’s share of the discount industry inside the North has risen substantially more than the years although surprisingly the company has not been challenged in that marketplace by Aldi. That company recently confirmed that its planned £600 million expansion within the UK - it really is to open another 550 outlets - will not include Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Tesco continues to be mulling over the long delayed megastore planned for Liffey Valley Buying Centre in west Dublin. It has denied it is to become abandoned just like 49 other supermarket projects inside the UK.

Planning permission for the shop was granted by An Bord Plean?la in June 2016 and, based on an official spokesperson, the business is "working via planning compliance with all the neighborhood authority and as such a commencement date for the improvement has not but been finalised".